January 6, 2008 Subject:
Great Segment - Late into the Evening of 9/11
I like this segment of reporting for a few specific reasons:
- First, John McWethy at the Pentagon gives a brief overview of exactly how the NSA gathers information on communications.
- Second, George Pataki (Governor of New York) shows up to the ABC News Headquarters in New York, where Peter Jennings stands to greet the Governor and seat him in the studio while on Live television. I specifically liked this because it showed that despite the chaos of the day there was still civility and professionalism, specifically at ABC News.
- Third, I enjoyed the fact that Barbara Walters joined Peter in the studio about 23 minutes into the segment. This is the first major news event that I can recall Barbara Walters actually displaying her reporting skills in depth, something that had not been seen on ABC in a number of years.
- Fourth, in an interview with Barbara Walters, Senator John Edwards (NC-D) took the opportunity to state that he has been part of a group that has been trying to increase efficiency in communications between US Government agencies. This may, in fact, be true but Im not certain that pointing fingers before 9/11 was even over was the best course of action for any politician, right or wrong. I also enjoy the moment the interview is over when Peter Jennings address Barbara Walters and comments immediately Well I must say he has some things which confuse me he said if this is state-sponsored terrorism then its war and then he says its war.
35 minutes into the broadcast, ABC News contacts Senator Orrin Hatch to clarify comments made earlier in the day. During his commentary on the air, Senator Hatch appears to lose his calm when in discussions with Peter Jennings regarding Osama Bin Laden when he comments look Peter, dont gimme that.
August 22, 2007 Subject:
Barbara Walters' John Edwards interview doctored
In this segment, Barbara Walters replays for Peter Jennings an interview she did earlier with Senator John Edwards. Edwards' response to two questions are copies of the same video and audio. The first, at 26:07, is in response to Walters' question, "We keep, uh, hearing that it's Osama bin Laden. How do we know that?" The second, at 26:35, is in response to Walters' question, "Could I just have a yes or no? Are we sure it's not foreigners?". In both cases, Edwards is shown saying, "Um. I can't answer that question. I'm sorry." His facial expressions and motion are identical.